The Fuller Court (1888–1910)


Why was the Lochner decision criticized so much?

Many believed that the Court was substituting its own judgment for that of the legislature and imposing its own laissez-faire economic theory to the Constitution. Many criticized the decision because they believed that the Court’s expansive interpretation of the Due Process Clause would enable it to strike down any state laws that conflicted with its pro-business, economic theory.


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